generation

noun
gen·​er·​a·​tion | \ ˌje-nə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce generation (audio) \

Definition of generation

1a : a body of living beings constituting a single step in the line of descent from an ancestor
b : a group of individuals born and living contemporaneously the younger generation
c : a group of individuals having contemporaneously a status (such as that of students in a school) which each one holds only for a limited period
d : a type or class of objects usually developed from an earlier type first of the … new generation of powerful supersonic fighters— Kenneth Koyen
2a : the action or process of producing offspring : procreation
b : the process of coming or bringing into being generation of income
c : origination by a generating process : production especially : formation of a geometric figure by motion of another
3 : the average span of time between the birth of parents and that of their offspring

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Other Words from generation

generational \ ˌje-​nə-​ˈrā-​shnəl How to pronounce generation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
generationally \ ˌje-​nə-​ˈrā-​shnə-​lē How to pronounce generation (audio) , shə-​nᵊl-​ē \ adverb

Examples of generation in a Sentence

She was worshipped by a generation of moviegoers. He was a hero to generations of students. We need to preserve these resources for future generations. His books are popular among members of the younger generation. That family has lived in the same house for four generations. The house has been passed down in the family from generation to generation. He has held that position for a generation. No one dreamed that such things would be possible a generation ago. The company claims to be developing the next generation of portable computers.
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Recent Examples on the Web Rockley did say that its next-generation sensors could be used in smartwatches and other devices as soon as next year. Chris Smith, BGR, "Leak may spoil exciting new features coming to Apple Watch Series 7," 3 May 2021 Another approach toward next-generation immunization is to study whether combining multiple existing Covid-19 vaccines is more effective than a single vaccine. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Next Generation of Covid-19 Vaccines Could Be Pill or Spray," 3 May 2021 According to the statement, second-generation anticoagulant rodenticide, or SGARs, can’t be sold through general consumer outlets for typical homeowner use. BostonGlobe.com, "Bald eagle dies after ingesting poison," 3 May 2021 A couple of months ago, fourth-generation owner Nancy Warwick got unexpected news that made her wonder how much longer the store would be in existence. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Happy ending for Warwick’s bookstore as local investors step in to save the day," 2 May 2021 Lin Chen is a second-generation Asian American and the founder and the CEO behind Pink Moon. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "7 deals you can shop for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month," 1 May 2021 This deal gets you an 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processor with 16 gigabytes of RAM and a 512-gigabyte SSD. Gear Team, Wired, "The 15 Best Weekend Deals on iPads, Espresso Machines, and More," 1 May 2021 Garcia is a second-generation civil servant; her mother worked in the city’s Human Resources Administration, and later taught English at Medgar Evers College. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Kathryn Garcia Doesn’t Want Andrew Yang’s Praise," 1 May 2021 More than 16% of graduates are first-generation college students. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "University of Cincinnati graduates record-breaking class in 2021," 1 May 2021

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First Known Use of generation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for generation

Middle English generacioun "procreation, development, offspring, lineage," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French generacion, borrowed from Late Latin generātiōn-, generātiō, going back to Latin, "procreation," from generāre "to bring into being, generate" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

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“Generation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/generation. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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generation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of generation

: a group of people born and living during the same time
: the people in a family born and living during the same time
: the average length of time between the birth of parents and the birth of their children

generation

noun
gen·​er·​a·​tion | \ ˌje-nə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce generation (audio) \

Kids Definition of generation

1 : those being a single step in a line originating from one ancestor This family has lived in town for four generations.
2 : a group of individuals born and living at about the same time the younger generation
3 : the act or process of producing or creating something the generation of heat

generation

noun
gen·​er·​a·​tion | \ ˌjen-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce generation (audio) \

Medical Definition of generation

1a : a body of living beings constituting a single step in the line of descent from an ancestor
b : a group of individuals born and living contemporaneously
2 : the average span of time between the birth of parents and that of their offspring
3 : the action or process of producing offspring : procreation

Other Words from generation

generational \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce generation (audio) \ adjective

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